No Players Online is a first-person horror shooting video game where you will explore an abandoned online gaming server and discover what happened, solving the mysteries that remain in this sad and empty place.
- A unique approach: You will play a first-person experience while exploring a dysfunctional game server where you will have to inch your way to understand what all of this means.
- First layer: Your journey begins when you are dumped into a mysteriously abandoned gaming server where you have to capture the enemy's team flag. But this time, there is no team, only you, your gun (which works strangely), and something else. To finish, you must carry the enemy's flag back to the spawn point at least three times. Then, you will have to make a choice.
- Second and third layers: As you restart the game, everything may look the same, but you will quickly understand that someone else is there. The third layer of the game can only be accessed through a series of inputs on an empty server screen (more precisely, the Konami code: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A).
- A strange place: Even though the map may seem okay at first glance, catching the other team's flag for the first time will make it look different and reinforce the feeling that you don't control anything down there.
Graphics and sound
The game features VHS-style retro graphics where silence and emptiness rule to give a unique, strange look. At some point, you will hear a very old gramophone playing strange music. In a nutshell, the final result manages to make you feel uncomfortable but curious to see what will happen next.
Duration and game modes
No Players Online is a single-player video game experience that lasts about 15-20 minutes if you only focus on the main story. If you feel curious about exploring everything the game offers and discovering its secrets and secret endings, it can last over an hour.
What do the reviews say?
Even though the game has no Metacritic rating, it has been well-received by the press.
"No Players Online feels like a much-needed kick in the face towards people like me. I won't spoil what happens in the end, but on rebooting the game to grab a cover image, I found I no longer had access to these empty servers. The game, once figuratively dead, now utterly ceased to be.
No Players Online sees me, booting up old games, looking for that sweet nostalgia kick, and suggests that maybe I let dead things stay buried." (Rock Paper Shotgun)
The game has no official PEGI rating, but it may contain scenes that may frighten a young audience.